Lizabeth Paulat, June 27, 2015
The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza War has just been made public, and with it, finger pointing on both sides has already begun. However, this time investigators have made it clear that both Israel and Palestine committed war crimes.
The report covers the 2014 Gaza Conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge. It lasted just over a month from July to August last year, and in that short period of time caused a mass of devastation. According to UN statistics, over 2,000 people were killed during the war with around 500 of those being children.
The reason for the high level of child death is explained by the bombing methods used by Israel. According to the report, homes were targeted specifically during the evening (times when children are traditionally home for dinner or rest). Because of this, the air strikes were far more likely to cause injury and death to children.
The UN report states that, “The fact that Israel did not revise its practice of air-strikes, even after their dire effects on civilians became apparent, raises the question of whether this was part of a broader policy which was at least tacitly approved at the highest level of government.”
Read full United Nations Human Rights Report here ….